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Fluoride and protecting your child’s teeth

 

 


Childrens teeth

 

Children’s teeth need particular protection as they develop. Suggestions include:

 

Brushing teeth without toothpaste until the age of 18 months

Introducing a low-fluoride toothpaste when a child is approximately 18 months old. Choose a low-fluoride toothpaste designed especially for children

Using a child-size toothbrush with soft bristles

Using only a pea-size amount of toothpaste, smeared over the toothbrush

Encouraging children to spit out toothpaste, not swallow it. Don’t rinse

Supervising children when they brush their teeth until you are sure they can do it well

Continuing to use low fluoride toothpaste for children until they are six years old

If your drinking water is not fluoridated, seek professional dental advice about the use of fluoride toothpaste for children. A dental professional may advise more frequent use of fluoride toothpaste, commencement of toothpaste at a younger age or earlier commencement of use of standard toothpaste

Taken from https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/dental-care-fluoride